Stadler GTW 331.02/52

Stadler GTW (GelenkTriebWagen) is family of vehicles which differ externally, in the various designs of the head of the vehicle (from angular to streamlined), and also in the different designs and power units that drive them. They also come in different gauges and as rack railway vehicles. The basic version is the GTW 2/6, a railcar which conforms to UIC standards. “2/6” means “two of six axles are powered”.

The basic concept is rather unconventional: the car is driven by a central “power module”, also known as a “powerpack” or a “drive container”, powered on both axles. Two light end modules, each with a bogie, rest on the power module, which produces useful traction weight on the driving axles. The end modules also use the space very effectively, although the railcar is divided into two halves by the power module. Most units have a path through the drive container for passenger access. The end modules can be delivered with standard pulling devices or buffer gears, or with central buffer couplings. They are built with a low-floor design except above the bogies and at the supported ends (more than 65% of the railcar is low-floor).

The Catalan (Spain) government-owned Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) purchased two diesel-powered, Iberian gauge trains for use on the Lleida–La Pobla Line. This allowed the service frequency to be increased from 4 to 10 trains per day between Lleida and Balaguer, and 1 to 4 per day between Lleida and La Pobla de Segur.

Manufacturer: Stadler Rail AG (Germany)

Years of production: 1995—2017

Length: 35 m

Width: 2.5 m

Doors: 4

Articulated sections: 3

Continual power: 800 kW

Power: 1050 HP

Maximum speed: 115 km/h

Weight: 65 t

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